Levitation Photography by Natsumi Hayashi

Natsumi Hayashi floating photography is almost a genre unto itself, since the artist also known as YowaYowa Camera Woman has been at it for quite some time. According to her own bio, she lives in Tokyo with her two cats and “photographs mainly levitating self-portraits (and cats not levitating).” ‘Yowayowa’ is the Japanese term for “weak” or “feeble,” and, says Natsumi Hayashi, since she is ‘yowayowa,’ “it’s really heavy to carry SLR cameras around.” Her series have received an impressive amount of coverage over the past few years since she’s been going at it. She’s even been featured in The New York Times, which faithfully covered her work and the techniques she uses to attain the levitating look in her pictures. Hayashi says her “photos are supposed to emphasize the natural flow of time.” She doesn’t just jump, but adjusts the position her arms and legs are in, in order to actually make it look like she was floating through the air. She’s had her body especially trained for this, she uses shutter speeds of 1/500th of a second or faster and finds crowded scenes more difficult to shoot, as she tries to avoid having the other people in the picture looking her way.

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